Maserati will make its return to single seater motorsport with a Formula E entry in 2023.
The Italian luxury car brand was a regular in Formula 1 up until the 1960s, but hasn’t competed in single-seaters in more than 60 years.
With the brands road vehicles now increasingly incorporating EV technology, Maserati has opted to join the all electric championship when the Gen 3 cars hit the track in 2023.
“We are very proud to be back where we belong as protagonists in the world of racing,” said Maserati CEO Davide Grasso. “We are powered by passion and innovation by nature. We have a long history of world-class excellence in competition and we are ready to drive performance in the future.
“In the race for more performance, luxury, and innovation, Folgore [Masarati’s full electric range] is irresistable and it is the purest expression of Maserati. That’s why we decided to go back to racing in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, meeting our customers in the city centres of the world, taking the Trident forward into the future.”
Maserati is expected to partner with an already existing team for its Formula E entry, in the same way DS has partnered with Techeetah.
Both Maserati and DS are part of the Stellantis corporation.
“It is a great pleasure for Stellantis Motorsport to play a part in getting Maserati back in the race,” said Stellantis senior VP Jean-Marc Finot.
“Beyond this piece of history, Maserati Formula E will be our technological laboratory to accelerate the development of high-efficiency electrified powertrains and intelligent software for our road sports cars. Formula E is the perfect championship for this purpose and we are very proud to be the first Italian brand to join in.”
FE CEO Jamie Reigle added: “We are delighted Maserati will join the Gen3 era of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and play a defining role reimagining the future of motorsport. Formula E races in the heart of the most iconic cities in the world and is followed passionately by a progressive global audience. Our millions of fans around the world will be thrilled to see Maserati line up on the grid as one of the world’s elite electric car brands.”
Maserati’s entry into Formula E takes the championship back up to eight manufacturers, after BMW, Audi and Mercedes all announced they would be leaving the series before the start of the 2023 season.
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